According to state-run Anadolu Agency, Turkey’s top administrative court annulled a 1934 presidential decree converting Hagia Sophia into a museum.
Shortly after the ruling, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a presidential decree transferring the management of the site from the Ministry of Culture to the Presidency of Religious Affairs, paving the way for its conversion. Erdogan has long been a proponent of the move.
The Hagia Sophia was the Roman Empire’s first Christian cathedral and is among the best known Byzantine structures in the world. It switched from a Greek Orthodox cathedral to a mosque in 1453. The historic site then became a museum in 1935.
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